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The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Results from the 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Results from the 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

We recently wrapped up our survey series on the top gear choices for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Our survey included information not only on the top packs, tents, footwear, and cookware...

Feb 5, 2019 : The Editors
The Nitty-Gritty of Gear Evolution on a Thru-Hike

The Nitty-Gritty of Gear Evolution on a Thru-Hike

About this time last year, I had just committed to my AT thru-hike, which meant that I was in the early research stages. Having never backpacked with less than 30-40...

Jan 24, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Stoves and Water Treatments

2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Stoves and Water Treatments

We surveyed over 300 section or thru-hikers about their stove, food, and water preferences and their experience of illnesses on the Appalachian Trail in 2018. This year, enough hikers with...

Jan 17, 2019 : Mariposa
Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Just a few weeks ago we unveiled the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 or Gossamer Gear Backpack Choice between one (1) Therm-a-Rest Hyperion Sleeping Bag One (1) Altra One (1) Darn Tough Socks One

Jan 15, 2019 : Zach
The 2019 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

The 2019 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

And then there were twelve. We put a call out for 2019 thru-hikers to submit a 90-second video explaining why they're thru-hiking, why they'll finish the trail, and why they...

Jan 8, 2019 : Zach
Announcing The 2019 Badger Sponsorship!

Announcing The 2019 Badger Sponsorship!

Calling all 2019 AT, PCT, and CDT thru-hikers!!! The Trek wants to sponsor you! It's almost time to turn those 2018 calendars into tinder, which can only mean one thing: it's...

Dec 27, 2018 : Zach
Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

In this installment of The Trek’s 2018 Hiker Survey, we cover backpacks and base weight. We asked hikers about the frame type, capacity, brand, and model of their backpacks. In...

Dec 25, 2018 : Mariposa
Top Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

We surveyed 310 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2018. They shared about the sleeping bags they used, hammock quilts/underquilts, and sleeping pads. We also...

Dec 17, 2018 : Mariposa
The Top Tents, Hammocks, and Tarps on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Tents, Hammocks, and Tarps on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year, The Trek surveys long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use, such as tents and hammocks. In this post we cover the types...

Nov 28, 2018 : Mariposa
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about....

Nov 20, 2018 : Mariposa